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Monologue by Barbara "Barbie" A. Cass

Cass, Barbara A.
Date of Interview: 
Overcoming Obstacles; Relationships with People and Places; Childhood Adventures; Then and Now
Barbie Cass talks about some childhood adventures and mishaps.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
An interview of a Charlottean to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
BC (Barbara "Barbie" A. Cass): OK. Um, my name is Barbie Cass and, uh, I'm just going to talk about, like, things I liked to do when I was a little kid. I am 20 right now, so it's been, I've grown up and I don't really do these things anymore. I'm not as crazy, but um, I used to, like, I was a real tomboy when I was little even though I did girly-type of things like Girl Scouts and dancing and stuff like that. Um, like, I used to play outside [laugh] everyday after school. I would, um, I would just climb the trees behind the house and everything and, um, like, there was this, oh yeah, there was one tree that had been fallen down after Hurricane Hugo hit, and, uh, we tied, my brother and I tied, um, like, a tire swing to the tree and uh, so it had, like, basically fallen over. We tied, tied this tire to the tree and, um, we used to go out there and swing and swing and I'd climb the trees and just go crazy and jump down from the trees. It wasn't, it wasn't too high up, I don't think, but anyway, um, one day, I was swinging on the tire swing and I was swinging and my brother was pushing me and I, like, I had my little, my, I was sitting in the middle of the tire and, uh, my legs were through the center of the little hole [laugh] and uh, all of a sudden, mid-swing, the thing breaks. Like, the rope just completely [laugh] broke and the tree was on the hill. So, I go flying over the hill and, um, I start tumbling down. I can just see myself: I was just rotating in the little tire and it was spinning and it was really funny and like I finally hit another tree and, uh, kind of knocked the wind out of me but I, I got up and kind of shook it off and I started laughing hysterically. I don't know. That's just, that's one of the things that stick out in my mind. Uh, I used to, uh, we [laugh] used to go riding our bikes, well, OK, my friend's house, um, was on a hill and we used to ride our bicycles down her driveway and it was really, really steep, and we'd go sailing down the driveway. Well, one day, I was at the top [laugh] of the driveway, getting ready on my bike, and, uh, it was really wet. I think it rained or something because the tires were really slick. And, um, so there I am, [laugh] I'm flying down the hill and, uh, all of sudden I go to hit the breaks and the breaks don't work [laugh]. So I, like, I skid, I, like, I kept going down. I intended to stop before I hit the roadway because, you know, cars would be becoming and, uh, I don't want to get killed. But anyway, I keep going because my breaks aren't working. I fly over a puddle and, uh, like, I go skidding. Like, I ended up on the other side of the roadway and, uh, I just like fell over, skinned my knee, [laugh] my elbows and everything. I was pretty bruised and I don't know, hurt pretty badly. But those are kind of tomboyish things I did. I also played softball in middle school and I played soccer for one season. I don't know. I liked softball better. I think I like hitting, hitting things with bats [laugh]. And um, let's see, I took dance classes. So, it's kind of funny because here I am doing all these crazy things then I go to ballet class. So, I'd be climbing trees in my tutu after, you know, after ballet class. But, um, yeah, I took dance for how many years? I took dance for about 15 years of my life. And I, I don't know, I taught for five years. I taught ballet, tap, jazz, all kinds of stuff to little kids and adults, uh, just any aged person. That's kind of how I figured out I wanted to teach also. And, uh, I, I don't know. That's, those are a big part of my life, all those things I did when I was little. I used to go fishing with my dad, too. Uh, I don't know. And I always read a lot. I was kind of a nerd, I always had a book in class. I'd be sitting, paying half, you know, attention to the teacher half of the time. All the rest of the time I'd be paying attention to my book. Um, I got in trouble for that a lot, too [laugh]. Many of the teachers would have to confiscate my books and remind me to be on task and do my homework and turn in, you know, such and such a worksheet or whatever the class is doing that day. Um, I don't know. I guess that's about it about me. Um, how long was that?